The UK has been battered by extreme weather over the past few months, resulting in National races having to be cancelled.
14th August is the date for round 8 of the British National Championships to be held at Brixham. Rob Jenkins has provided the racing pack
Dave Llewellyn & Howard Smith have published Bulletin #2 for the Cardiff Bay European Cup.
Click here to download bulletin #2 for participants
The official web site for the event is at www.cardiff.skirace.net
The Cardiff Tourism & Cardiff Harbour Authority links there have terrific information to help you get the most out of your visit to Cardiff. And also don’t forget the Cardiff iPhone app.
Note: The race venue post code for use with GPS / Sat Nav devices is: CF64 1TP
The Worlds greatest ski race has been captured by photographer Scott Shanklin & fellow shooter partner Daren Van Ryte. Between them they have captured over a 1,000 images. A few samples of the images shot by Scott & Daren
Team Captains for all nations – PLEASE help the race organisers for the Cardiff Bay European Cup Race by submitting all entries for your respective teams urgently.
Team Captains, please email your entries to Howard Smith
(Assistant Chief Judge) email@example.com
Teams should not submit their entries themselves. Everything must come via your Team Captain.
The entry form also for download from the event web site at www.cardiff.skirace.net (find it at the top right of the site).
Which sport will join the Olympic Games programme?
With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announcing its shortlist of sports vying for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics, SportsPro is asking its readers, which one of the eight contenders will be added to the programme for the 32nd Olympiad?
While baseball still remains as popular as ever in America, the IOC clearly deemed it to have less appeal on the world stage when, in 2005, it announced that baseball, like softball, would make its final appearance at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Despite making the latest shortlist, the sport is unlikely to be chosen so soon after being excluded, but will the IOC be convinced enough by the new bid to perform an uncharacteristic about-turn?
Softball’s high proportion of female participants may be its advantage over other sports in the list, mainly because the IOC is looking to increase female involvement in the Games. In fact, while the IOC noted the sport’s lack of global appeal for its exclusion from the programme, many were shocked by its decision, considering its well-publicised commitment to gender equality. Though softball has the support of Australian Olympic Committee president, John Coates, will the sport gain enough backing from other members of the board to see it reinstated on the Olympic roster?
The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) was recognised by the IOC in 1967 and, since then, it has grown to include over 90 member nations and organise a number of international competitions. Of the eight sports vying for inclusion, wakeboarding is the only watersport and its popularity is growing worldwide. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the sport “provides great entertainment for the spectators and adds further youthful appeal,” but will that be enough to see it included in the 2020 programme?
Squash’s campaign for a place on the 2020 sports programme has been led by one of the sport’s legends, six-time World Open champion Jahangir Khan. President of the World Squash Federation (WSF) until 2008, Khan believes that, while squash has been trying for inclusion for several years, it should be included “on merit.” Now, the WSF has turned to Vero Communications, run by public relations strategist Mike Lee, who previously worked on the successful summer Olympic bids for London 2012, Rio 2016 and the Qatar 2022 football World Cup bid, as well as the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Having narrowly missed out on the 2012 and 2016 Games, will it be a case of third time lucky?
While many in the climbing world doubt whether the sport will actually be included in nine years time, merely being considered by the IOC is widely regarded to be a huge step forward for the multi-discipline event. In 2007, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) was recognised as the world governing body for the sport, giving the newcomers the necessary organisational backing in the face of widespread criticism. Amongst other things, huge costs to build venues, a lack of popularity and doubts about broadcasting appeal have been outlined as reasons why the sport will not be included come 2020. However, despite its opposition, the sport remains popular in Europe and is growing rapidly, so will it be chosen when the IOC meet to announce the winner in Buenos Aires, 2013?
In its review of roller sports’ previous bid for Olympic inclusion, the IOC cited the sport as having relatively low worldwide reach, little media appeal and small revenues for its failure to include it in the London 2012 programme. On the plus side though, the sport would cost little to stage, as it requires no new facilities, and would appeal to a younger audience. Roller speed skating, one of the sport’s sub-disciplines, is currently present at events like the World Games, the Pan-American Games, the Asian Games and the Mediterranean Games, but will roller sports win over the Olympic committee skeptics?
Despite being put forward, along with squash, to the final two in the selection process for the 2012 Games, karate missed out on being included due to receiving just a third of IOC member votes, well short of the two thirds required for inclusion. Over the years, the sport has been championed by Ticky Donovan, who helped Great Britain to five consecutive World Team Championship victories. According to him, “it’s the tenth most popular sport in the world and there’s 50 million people training now. We should have been included in the Olympics many years ago – it’s long overdue.” Do you agree with Donovan?
As taekwondo is to South Korea and judo to Japan, so wushu is to China. Based on traditional Chinese martial arts, wushu is a full-contact discipline and would make for interesting viewing for foreigners who haven’t ever seen any action. But, despite the sport’s novelty factor for many, its obscurity and vast array of styles and judging criteria will most likely see it overlooked by the IOC, especially with the better known karate in the running. One proponent of the combat sport is film star Jet Li, himself a former Chinese wushu national champion. According to Li, realistically wushu will not be included for many years to come, but will the IOC take a gamble on the lesser known martial art?
*source – Sports Pro Media
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Carlos Rosas has provided a link interviewing Men’s overall winner Todd Haig and Ladies winner Erin Saunders from Team Nordic 63rd Catalaina Ski race champions
In a great effort to help make the Cardiff Bay weekend more affordable for many, the Cardiff Bay race organisers have announced that the Camper fees advertised for the event have now been cut from £100 to £60.
The event timetable of racing will be published this week.
The Cardiff Bay Race web site is at www.cardiff.skirace.net
**** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED ****
Ski Racing Nsw -
Unfortunately, we have to announce that we have had to cancel the Grand Prix to be held at Kanahooka, Sunday, August 7, due to there not being enough entries.
We will try to hold the next Grand Prix so our World Team can at least get another race under their belts before the Worlds start, if there are the numbers available.
Our apologies for any inconvenience caused, but entry numbers are not sufficient for expenses. Please enter early for the next Grand Prix.
ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE MERCURY MARINE H120, SRNSW HAVE A SHOW AND SHINE ON AT MCDONALDS, @ MCGRATHS HILL, FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST, FROM 3PM TILL 6PM
Come along and show off your Boat & Team on the eve of the Big Race!
THE PRIZES ARE….
BEST PRESENTED INBOARD AND TEAM $250
BEST PRESENTED OUTBOARD AND TEAM $250
BOTH SPONSORED BY MACCAS
BEST PRESENTED KIDS TEAM FROM UNDER 16′S DOWN
PRIZES FOR BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS TEAMS $100 EACH WINNER
PLUS GIFT PACK SPONSORED BY COLDYS http://www.coldys.com.au
NOTE THAT JUDGING GOES ON BOAT AND TEAM PRESENTATION
Prizes will be awarded at 5 pm
There will be great prizes for 2nd & 3rd place too !
Thanks to Sue Fleming, below are the corrected results from today’s British national racing at Hunstanton.
Austria’s Lukas Förstel is looking for an F3 team for the Cardiff European race.
If you are interested, email Lukas at: L.firstname.lastname@example.org
Round 7 of the British Water Ski Racing Championships will be held at Hunstanton 24th July. Download the racing pack here
The final round of the 2011 European Cup Series takes place at Cardiff Bay in Britain. Before you go, make sure you download the Cardiff iPhone App so that you have all the local information at your fingertips.
Click here to find the link to download the Cardiff iPhone App
Thanks to Ken Vaughan, below are the full official results from the 2011 Catalina Water Ski Race.
Bulletin 1 for the final round of the 2011 European Cup to be held in Cardiff, GB is available for download below.
Ski Racing NSW held the 2010-2011 Presentation Day at Sackville Ski Gardens for all class winners for the season, along with many other awards.
A massive thank you to all that attended and also to those that sponsored, officiated, supported and competed this last season. Congratulations also to all Hi Tec Oils Series Class competitors on a fantastic season of racing.
The Junior Development camps and days have been an outstanding success, proven by the average age of skiers that have taken home honoured trophy’s from the day.
* Thanks to Brooke Gray for the pics of the day.
Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to the following skiers.
• Male Skier of the Year – Jack Houston
Current Junior Boys World Champion, Jack had an absolutely perfect season of World Selection results and his lead up to defend his World Title in Queensland in September looks set to roll on. He just gets better and better.
Jack won 3 National Titles at the Hi Tec Oils Australian Titles in April, amongst a constantly rising plethora of other titles at the State level, in both Speed and Marathon disciplines. He added another 3 NSW Titles to the booty claimed this season too.
He is moving to another level in facing the challenge of racing the U19′s this season, only missing out on the National Title by 2 seconds to Jake Tegart. Also running in Under 19’s, Jack came 2nd in the 1 up Bridge.
Jack and Ben Hackett/Luke Keys have either won or placed in nearly every F2 Social and Expert race behind Brent & Fyfie and Tuff e Nuff at the Sydney B2B, H120, Mildura and other majors all over Australia.
He won this prestigious Male Skier of the Year Title last Season as well.
• Female Skier of the Year – Ann Procter – (Kennedy)
Ann, 4 time World Champion, added some more prestigious Silverware to her Cabinet taking out the Female Skier of the Year title for season 2010-11.
Ann won a total of 4 Titles at the Hi Tec Oils Australian Speed & Marathon Titles, becoming the most trophied skier of the titles.
Her performance at the World Course Trial in Sept 2010 saw an incredible display of fitness, beating #1 Aussie World Team selection Lauryn Eagle soundly.
Her performances throughout the season were always at an elite level, won with the ease and grace of a true champion. She added another couple of NSW Titles to her collection this season as well as a 2nd placing in F2 in the 1 up Bridge, amongst many others.
• Junior Male Skier of the Year – Jamie Moret
Jamie has had a great season and should be very proud of his results and achievements.
He took out the Australian Title for Under 16 Boys in April. Qualifying as reserve for the Junior Boys division at the upcoming World Titles would have to have been a highlight too, after some great skiing in the Selection Series races Oz wide.
In the Majors he partnered Brayden Jameson, behind Idle Wild. At the Southern 80 they took home 1st placing in Junior Boys and 2nd at the Mildura 100, Sydney Bridge to Bridge and the 2010 H120.
He went solo for the 2011 NSW Titles & 1 Up Bridge to Bridge and won Under 16 Boys, behind Seven at both.
He also competed at the Grand Prix, Region V & SRNSW Series’, with great success.
• Junior Female Skier of the Year – Shantelle King
Shantelle is definitely a skier with plenty of guts and grit and she showed that in the SRNSW Series, State Titles, Majors and Nats.
This season Shantelle won both the Australian and NSW Title in Under 13 Girls and Under 13 classes, partnered by Jack Harrison, in the majors, behind Rush.
They partnered for a great 2nd place, just 7 seconds behind the winner at the 2011 GTS Mildura 100, and broke the record at the Southern 80 and Grafton Bridge to Bridge (behind Seven) in Under 13’s. This season included an almost 2 & 1/2 minute win at the 2010 H120.
Individually, Shantelle showed her fitness & stamina when she won the under 13 girls class at the 1up Bridge.
She has shown herself to be a force to be reckoned with in Junior Girls and above too, even placing 7th in the Open Womens division at the NSW Titles.
• Most Improved Skier Male – Brayden Jameson
Brayden competed at SRNSW events & Region V this season and was improving very quickly, reflected by his lap times, all season long.
He came in for a great 2nd placing in Open Men’s, right behind Zig Walmsley at the 2011 National Titles. Brayden also came 4th in Unlimited Outboard, also behind Tuff N Up at the Titles.
At the Club Marine Southern 80 & Sydney Bridge to Bridge, Brayden teamed up with superstar Jamie Moret to win the Under 16 Expert behind IdleWild. 2nd at Mildura and the 2010 H120, again partnering Jamie, the only way is up for Brayden from here.
• Most Improved Skier Female – Jessica Wood
Jess won the Most Improved Female Skier of the year for the impressive performance that she showed us on the water this year.
She started this last season behind Nutcracker, partnered by Sarah Brooks, at the 2010 H120 where they came 2nd in Social Womens and they won the class at the Sydney Bridge to Bridge too. She won the 1 up Bridge in Under 16 girls behind The Edge and came home with 2nd in Under 19 Girls at the Southern 80.
• Boat of the Year – Superman
Darren McQuire and the Superman crew had a fantastic season, rounding it out with the award for the SRNSW Boat of the Year.
One of the most consistent Superclass boats running in Australia, the big F21 Force has also been selected to tow both Lauryn Eagle and Jack Whitton at the 2011 World Titles in September in Queensland.
Consistently in the top 5 in Super Class at the Majors, towing Daniel Cotton & Daniel Graziano, the change to the new hull has been a winning move. The boat runs all over the State and Country including the SRNSW Series, Grand Prix, Nats and State Titles coming home with a swag of trophies wherever they go.
Boat of the year:
2. Tuff E Nuff
• Outright 2 up Team – Stinga
Greg Houston and Kevin Boylan, crewing the mighty Super Class boat Stinga, are always a force to be reckoned with when it comes to 2up racing. This was the season that Greg made the move to a brand new Force hull, retiring the old Connelly, after what can only be described as a stellar career. To win the Bridge to Bridge once is an honour, but 6 times is the stuff of legends. The sport would be poorer without the Team Stinga presence. The upcoming months will see the crew in readiness for the 17th World Titles in Qld.
Ski Racing NSW congratulates all crews on an awesome season’s racing !
F2 Winners – Team 50
Tiny Tots Encouragement Award – Carlie Stapleton
Under 19 Girls – 2nd – Nutcracker
1st – 2Up 6 Litre – Loosin’ it
Most run out of fuel – Steven Coyte – Shotgun
2nd – 2Up Under 16 Boys – Pop & Me
All pictures, Copyright.* Brooke Gray
Aussie Ski Racer, Jack Houston, took some time out of his busy training schedule, to sit in the Racer of the Fortnight hot seat and answer some questions about his stellar career so far and what’s next for the current, defending, Junior Boys World Champion.
What team are you from / do you ski with ?
Team Stinga Racing / Tuff-e-Nuff
When did you start ski racing ?
When I was 8 in 2002
Where are you from ?
I am from Wilberforce, Sydney, NSW.
Do you get much on water training there ?
Only about once a week. Botany Bay is where I do most of my on water training
How do you prepare for each race?
I have a set routine in the morning, which involves 3 Weetbix when I get up. Before a race, I like to isolate myself from everyone else, I have a certain warm-up and stretching session and I eat a packet of red frogs and a banana.
What classes do you like to compete in most ?
Junior Boys, Social Men, F2.
Which race venues do you enjoy racing at the most and why ?
The Hawkesbury River, because its basically my home and Botany Bay because this is where I do mostly all of my on water training.
What sort of titles / championships do you have under your belt ?
I have won 5 NSW State Titles, 6 Australian Titles and 1 Junior Boys World Title.
Who’s been your biggest influence on your ski racing career?
My father has been my biggest influence on my ski racing career. When I was younger I was inspired by him winning all of these races like the Bridge to Bridge, driving the boat ‘Stinga”. One day I wanted to ski behind him and win some races of my own, so I stepped on a race ski, raced my first race and won. It also happened to be my first National Title too.
I loved the feeling of winning so I kept at it and my ability grew and grew as well as my love for the sport. This then got me to achieving my goal of getting to the top of winning a World Championship.
Without my father pushing me along I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I am sure that I have the same influence on him because if I weren’t racing, he wouldn’t be either.
What’s a memorable moment, ski racing, that you would like to share?
The most memorable moment for me was in 2009, winning my first ever World Championship. I will never forget the fourth race at Viersel, when I crossed that line, the pride that I felt was like nothing else, because I knew that I had truly achieved my goal.
That moment was even more special because I had my family and my close friends by my side throughout my whole campaign.
What are the challenges for you each race?
Well being the current World Champion, my biggest challenge is my competition. All of my competitors are out to get me on the water and beat me.
It is almost like I have a big target on my back, and I have to make sure that they don’t reach that target.
What drives you mentally to train and grow as an athlete ?
The feeling of winning keeps me going because there is nothing better than winning in my eyes and if I don’t feel like I have skied well or have gotten beaten. I will go to the gym the day after and train as hard as I can until I feel like I am ready to do my best again.
If a younger or newer competitor was coming through the ranks what piece of advice would you offer?
I would try to stress to them that it is important that no matter how big your goal may be, if you put the time and effort in, you can achieve that goal.
Do you have some hidden talent ?
I do! I can play the guitar and I can draw fairly well too. But other than that I am not too good at anything else.
What are your goals for 2011 and beyond ?
My ultimate goal at the moment is to win the 2011 World Championships in Queensland and to become the first Skier to win two Junior World Titles in a row. I have already achieved my first step of being the number 1 skier for Australia in Junior Boys.
Would you like to thank any supporters or sponsors?
I would like to thank DC Waterskis, Wizard Wetsuits and Coldy’s for supporting me. Without them my Worlds campaign would not be possible.
Also my family and the Keys family for taking me training, also the Boylan family for their contributions.
** Footnote..- Jack has just won Intermediate Mens @ Catalina 2011, backing up from his win last year in Juniors. He has also won the SRNSW Male Skier of the year for the 2nd time in a row.
…Some movies of Jack in action..
*Photography kindly contributed by Linda Keys, Rob Storum, Vanessa Eyles, Billy Lacroix, Craig Coffey, Kate Houston
16th July Long Beach to Catalina Island and back. The 63rd Catalina Ski Race .66 boats on the start grid. Weather conditions perfect.As the engines started to roar a shiver went down my back..
13 July Update:
River Dave has confirmed (on riverdavesplace.com) the unfortunate cancellation of the planned live feed for Catalina 2011 and writes …
“We have everything set in motion, and this Carmageddon deal with the 405 freeway happened. Long story short we have everything in place and ready to go, but we can not get a frequency from the FCC to broadcast from the Helicopters back to the Hotels. No frequency = no live feed. It was suggested that we record the race and broadcast it, but again with no frequency, the announcers can’t see the race for the audio etc..
I would like to say, this isn’t one of those we threw in the towel deals. SpotonDL has fought, clawed, bribed, borrowed, and begged to try and make this happen. A frequency is never impossible to come by, but with this news deal, every news agency in town is here, and the LAPD took the rest of the frequencies.. We even went so far as to talking to main guy at the FCC for the west coast, and tried to run it in a 2 hour window to no avail.
It is completely out of our hands at this point. All sponsors of the feed will be refunded their money, checks returned etc.. Any additional costs will be absorbed by CSR and myself.”
28 June Update:
The long beach boat and ski club are proud to announce the catalina ski race will be live on www.riverdavesplace.com
Projected start time for little boats at 8:53am
Announcers Sandy and Rick will be bringing the action with their amazing commentary.
Good luck to all competitors.
The 2011 Catalina ski race will be broadcasted live via the internet . The infamous broadcasters Sandy ” The Sandman” Schwartz & Rick “Parker Oil” Fuscardo are yet again in the hot seat for the 63rd Catalina Ski Race.
Follow Scott Brooks at the Catalina Water Ski Race From Wednesday 13th July with all the up to date events as it happens . If you can’t be at Catalina and want to know what is happening this is the place to watch it !
Thanks to Martine Ciroux here are the full results from this weekend’s racing at Eguzon in France.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of Ski Racing Victoria
The AGM for SRV will be held on Wednesday 3rd August, 2011 at the Skyways International Hotel, Melrose Drive, Airport West commending at 7.00pm.
Meals are available in the Bistro prior to the meeting.
Please come along and show your support for your committee.
The agenda and blank Proxy Form is available on the web site . Please note there is no vote required for Directors to the board of SRV as there were four nominations received to fill vacancies of four of the outgoing directors.
Any questions please contact our secretary or any of the SRV board members.
Ski Racing Victoria
Danny Cropper of DC Waterskis writes; when you start a race it is very important that you are doing what you feel comfortable with. Because the less you need to think about in the starting area, the easier and smoother this part of the race will run.
In a generous and warmly received donation towards the success of the 17th World Water Ski Racing Championships, Mercury Outboards have generously donated an $18,000, 150hp Mercury Optimax Outboard motor, for someone to win !
There are a maximum of 2000 tickets to go on sale @ only $10 a ticket, or $100 for an entire book of ten.
The winner of this fantastic prize will be drawn at the World Titles Closing Ceremony on September 18th.
All proceeds will go towards the running of the World Titles, which are proudly sponsored by the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
If you would like to help join in the success of Queensland’s 1st ever World Titles and would like to help sell, or indeed purchase some tickets, please contact Eloise Anderson @ email@example.com
Many of the Australian Team Members also have a book of tickets to sell.
The 17th World Water Ski Racing Championships will be held @ Pelican Park, Redcliffe, Qld, from the 9th – 18th September.
For more info and event details please go to www.skiracingworlds.com.au
Eguzon is host to the European Cup 9th – 10th July. Nicolas Le Flohic has provided the updated bulletin for the weeknd’s racing.
All Ski Racing Australia members, you should have received your SRA renewal notice via email by now, however there have been quite a few enquiries about when they were being sent.
If you have not received your SRA Membership renewal by email then please contact SRA @
firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 02 6259 9548
Office Hours are Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm
It is important that you follow up with SRA, either they don’t have your correct email address or you have recently changed your email address.
Billy Lacroix has provided photos from the weekend race held at Geel European Cup. T o see the photos click on the link HERE
Wim Lamot captured the action at Geel on the weekend.
Click on the shots below to enlarge them
Peter Moorkens has taken shots of the the Diamond Race. To view the album go to http://www.powerboatracing.be
Thanks to Martine Ciroux, below are the results from the Geel round of the 2011 European Cup.
Danny Cropper of DC Waterskis writes; here are 10 things to do when racing: